Every country has its own rules, customs and facts that you have to take into account when you set out. This is also true of Italy. Are you going on holiday to Italy? We have listed some useful facts for you that you should take into account when you travel in this country.
- Many shops and museums are closed on Mondays
- In Italy the afternoon closing still applies. This often lasts from 12:30 - 15:30. Large chains in the larger cities are often open, or in other words orario continuo.
- Shops are closed on January 1st and 6th, Easter Monday, April 1th, May 2st, August 25th, November 1st, December 15th, 1th and 8th, and on the holidays of the local patron saint.
- You can visit churches daily from 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM and from 16:00 PM to 19:00 PM. Do not forget that many churches have a 'dress code'. That means no bare legs above the knee and no bare shoulders visible in the women.
- On the autostrada (highways) you can almost always refuel day and night. Inland, however, gas stations are closed on Sundays and during midday closing.
- Banks are closed on weekends and only open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 13.30 pm and 15.00 pm to 16.00 pm during the week.
- Post offices are often open to a limited extent, namely from Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 13:30 PM and on Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
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- Lunch is served between 13 p.m. and 00:14 p.m. during midday closing. Unlike many Dutch people, Italians do not sit down for dinner at exactly 30:17 PM. Dinner is served from 30 p.m.
- It is customary in a bar to first pay and then order your drinks at the bar by showing your receipt.
- In some restaurants, extra costs are charged for service. These service costs are also considered as tips and are often at most € 2 or € 3.
- In the supermarket there are plastic gloves at the fruit and vegetable department, use them. Italians consider it unhygienic if you pick them up with your bare hands.
- Italians greet each other with no 3 but 2 kisses on the cheek, start with the left.
We can, of course, continue with this list endlessly because there is much to tell about this special country. Experience the exceptional facts of Italy for yourself and book a holiday to beautiful Tuscany today Divacamp helps you further!